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Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) Observatory Architecture and Performance

Although not scheduled to be launched until 2011, design plans for the Hubble Space Telescope's replacement are already underway. This research paper describes some of the architectural and performance specifications slated for the Next Generation Space Telescope (now called the James Webb Space Telescope). The seven-meter primary mirror will be hexagonal and made up of twelve smaller one-meter mirrors, allowing the observatory to see "objects 400 times fainter than seen from large groundbased telescopes or the current generation of space-based infrared telescopes." Details about the main components of the observatory and its deployment are given in this paper.
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Date of Scout Publication 2003-08-29
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